14-Point Inside Grease Trap Maintenance Program
Paying attention to every aspect of your business can ensure its success. An often overlooked aspect is the care of your wastewater components, especially when it comes to grease. Not only does grease have the power to draw hefty fines when not maintained according to health regulations, it can also close down a business. Offer the best to your employees and customers by maintaining a sanitary work environment that includes routine maintenance of all plumbing and septic facilities and proper cleaning of your grease trap. Other companies may take shortcuts and just skim the hardened grease off the top, but Wind River utilizes a checklist of 14 items that must be completed at every grease trap service appointment.
Breakdown of Our 14 Points
Feel confident about the service you receive when you hire Wind River. Our comprehensive grease trap inspection includes all this:
|1. Inspect Cover||2. Inspect Gaskets|
|3. Inspect Bolts||4. Inspect Rods|
|5. Inspect Baffle||6. Inspect Baskets|
|7. Inspect For Rust||8. Check Flow of Trap|
|9. Check For Leaks||10. Advise Need For Drain Cleaning Services|
|11. Inspect Strainers||12. Inspect Screens|
|13. Advise of Frequency Changes||14. Complete Condition Report on Every Visit|
Let Us Work For You
Avoid expensive fees and wasted downtime. As you can see, our grease trap maintenance process is very thorough and includes criteria such as completely draining the gray water, scrubbing down the walls of the trap, cleaning the baffles, and measuring grease thickness. To further simplify your life, we can evaluate your water consumption to determine exactly how often you need to have your trap serviced, and we’ll reach out to you when it’s time. This frees you from having to keep track of dates or waste time contacting someone. We also provide the appropriate documentation to local authorities so that you stay compliant and without risk of being shut down. To learn more about our 14-point process or how to simplify your wastewater maintenance routine, Contact Us.
Wind River Spotlight: Our Gloucester Team
That’s pronounced GLAW-ster, for all of you folks from out of town. Today we’re introducing one of our guys from Wind River’s Gloucester, Massachusetts branch.
Rodiny Moise – Pump Truck Driver
Still somewhat of a newcomer, Rodiny joined our team 3 months ago. After watching some of our videos online, he immediately saw the energy and enthusiasm from current staff and wanted to be a part of it. This motivated him to apply for a job as a pump truck driver, and he now performs a variety of residential and commercial jobs. Upon beginning his training, Rodiny told us, “I found myself a home.” We’re so glad you did, Rodiny!
To learn more about our Gloucester team, please visit http://www.wrenvironmental.com/cities/gloucester/
Can Excessive Trash and Debris Be Removed from Your Catch Basin?
We’re into that season of April showers which means rainwater will be washing all kinds of stuff into those catch basins. Leaves, sticks, gravel and whatever else is on the streets can build up preventing water flow to the sewer system, causing backups on the street. As a result, flood waters end up overtaking roads and flowing into people’s yards and businesses.
Fortunately, the experienced team at Wind River can remove trash and debris from catch basins with ease. By adding attachments to our vactor trucks, the guys can quickly remove all that garbage from deep within a catch basin. Our vehicles have even been used to assist with catastrophes such as Hurricane Sandy, where they were instrumental in cleaning up flood waters and removing debris from dangerous areas. Don’t let April Showers bog down your catch basins. Contact Us for catch basin maintenance and all your other wastewater needs.
How to Keep Foreign Objects Out of Your Grease Trap
Your grease trap has the important job of preventing fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from clogging up your drain lines and septic system. When the trap malfunctions, the result is messy backups and foul odors. It’s important to keep up with the maintenance of your trap to avoid FOG issues and to stay compliant with health regulations.
One great way to keep foreign objects out of your grease trap is by using strainers in your sink. Strainers are inexpensive and simple to use, and they are great at stopping food or other solid materials from flowing down the drain and into your trap. However, even with strainers, you need a professional to completely clean out your grease trap. Wind River employs a thorough 14-point inspection process that includes completely removing and cleaning baffles and draining out the dirty water. Watch out for companies that merely skim grease off the top and do nothing to ensure the rest of the trap is equipped to perform well. Contact Us if you’d like for our guys to evaluate your wastewater use and design a customized grease trap maintenance plan to maximize the productivity of your kitchen.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Make Your Septic System Feel Lucky!
The most important advice we can give our customers is to invest in preventative maintenance. I know I know…your budget is stretched thin and you think you can’t afford it. Well, consider this. Emergency situations are messy, expensive and stressful, while preventative maintenance is budgeted, predictable and averts costly mishaps. Wouldn’t you rather pay for health club fees and annual physicals to keep your body healthy knowing they will prevent a high-cost trip to the emergency room? Your body may look and feel fine, but it needs to be maintained on a regular basis to stay that way.
Eat Your Greens
Just as your body needs an annual physical, your septic system needs its annual inspection. This preventative measure is invaluable for detecting unforeseen problems and stopping early formations of clogs. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits are preventative measures for your body, just as bacterial additives and routine cleanings are preventative measures for your septic and plumbing. Be sure to include these in your preventative routine, and you’ll prolong the life of your septic system.
We’re Your Good Luck Charm
You’ll need more than the luck of the Irish if you trust just anyone to handle your septic needs. Your wastewater facilities need the care of a trained professional just as your body should have the care of a trained physician. On this St. Patrick’s Day week, make your system feel lucky by signing it up for a maintenance plan. Our technicians will treat it with goodies like bacterial additives, a septic filter, and a customized pumping routine. Spring is just around the corner, so get your system ready for the seasonal transition with care from the best in the business. To learn more about our 3-step maintenance plan or our other preventative maintenance services, Contact Us.
What’s the Big Deal About Sludge?
If you could see inside your septic tank, there would essentially be 3 layers of sewage. The top layer would be scum, the middle would be effluent, and the heavy stuff at the bottom would be sludge. Anything denser than effluent (waste, toilet paper, skin cells, etc) makes up the sludge layer. Eventually, this sludge builds up and must be removed using hy vac trucks.
However, this is not the only type of sludge. You’ve also got alum sludge which is a waste product produced at water treatment plants due to the use of aluminum sulfate. It’s usually kept in large alum lagoons or is spread on drying beds. To remove alum sludge, we use high-tech lagoon pumps that can handle up to 500,000 gallons. We also have a cable dredge capable of handling million-gallon projects. Then there’s the not so appetizing dry cake sludge which is basically waste from sewer plants that has had all the water and fluid extracted from it. Because of its tendency to be hard and sticky, it’s pretty difficult to remove.
We’re Haul You Need
No matter what type of sludge you are dealing with, Wind River has the equipment and skills needed to get the job done. Our sludge hauling services comply and exceed all disposal regulatory guidelines, so every job is done right! Additionally, we have plenty of disposal options thanks to our relationships with landfills and beneficial reuse facilities. To learn more or to schedule any of our sludge hauling services, Contact Us!
What Causes Your Septic System to Clog?
Who wants to deal with the inconvenience of pooling in the yard, sinks that won’t drain, and toilets that don’t flush? Unfortunately, clogs in your septic system can put a real damper in your daily routine. Stop wasting time and money on repairs by avoiding wastewater blockages altogether. Here is a quick list of 4 items that are known to cause clogs in your septic system.
- Plants and heavy items close to the leach field
Trees, bushes, flowers, vegetables and other plants should never grow near your underground pipes. The roots will find ways to get to the nutrient-rich wastewater inside the lines and break through them. You might also want to mark off the area where your system is located so you remember to keep machinery, vehicles or any other heavy items off of this zone. The ground may seem tough, but soil can compact under pressure crushing pipes in your leach field.
- Garbage Disposals
Although food is biodegradable, it does not break down in a septic tank. The garbage disposal does chop large chunks into smaller pieces, but these bits of food still make their way into your leach field lines. Eventually, they build up causing clogs. The best way to dispose of food is to throw it in the trash or feed it to an animal.
- Flushing Inappropriate Items
Product labels often say “septic safe,” but they are lying. Human waste and toilet paper are really the only things you should be flushing. Anything else will not break down in the septic system correctly resulting in clogs.
- Using Harsh Chemicals
Toxic cleaning products are also harmful to the natural workings of your septic system because they kill the good bacteria required to break down wastes. Use organic cleaning products instead.
Oh My Clog
Incorporate this advice into your household and add Wind River’s regular maintenance services for a trouble-free septic system. Along with routine septic pumping, there are other preventative measures we can take, such as installing a filter or applying a bacterial additive. These actions will further enhance the performance of your system and its ability to avoid obstructions. We’d love to help you maintain all your wastewater facilities, so Contact Us to learn more about our services.
How Does Structural Pipelining Work?
Pipelining is a win for everyone because it saves valuable time and money. One of our most innovative services, pipelining eliminates the need to excavate when making pipe repairs. Usually, only 2 access points need to be created to access the damaged pipes underground. This enables us to solve most drain line issues without tearing up your landscaping or replacing entire pipes.
With Perma-Liner’s Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) system, a new pipe is essentially created inside the old one. A resin tube is inserted into the damaged pipe and positioned using water or air pressure. It is then cured to form a corrosion-resistant, watertight seal. For this method to work, the pipes must be at least 2 to 28 inches in diameter, but we have applications that can handle pipes larger than 28 inches. Take a look at these benefits of structural pipelining:
- Stops leaks and prevents root intrusion
- Increases flow
- No digging or damage
- Offers the same structural strength as new pipes
- An alternative to sewer repair or drain replacement
Beautiful on the Inside
Damaged pipes on the outside can still work like a champ when repaired from the inside. We are always looking for ways to improve wastewater repair methods, and this one is a true homerun. Wind River is proud to be one of the few companies in the New England area to offer this groundbreaking (or should we say non-groundbreaking) pipelining services. Before paying excavators to dig up your lawn or parking lot, let our technicians determine whether you are a candidate for this trenchless solution. Contact Wind River Today or Request Structural Pipelining Now.
Learn Why Garbage Disposals and Septic Systems are Not a Good Match
If you own a garbage disposal, you may have been misled into thinking it is perfectly safe to use if you also have a septic tank. After all, the garbage disposal grinds up everything before it can be harmful, right? That’s not exactly true. While it does indeed chop up food or other large solids into smaller pieces, these particles will not break down in the septic tank. Eventually, they make their way into your leach field causing clogs.
But I Love My Garbage Disposal
It’s true your garbage disposal is really convenient, and you may love it. But, do you also love spending thousands of dollars repairing your septic system? Probably not. The truth is, most people tend to throw all their junk into the garbage disposal instead of making the extra effort to use the trash can. Folks also make the mistake of pouring toxic chemicals down the drain to eliminate odors. If common household cleaners and other anti-bacterial agents enter your septic tank, they will kill the good bacteria that breaks down waste.
- Throw trash in the trash
- Consider feeding food scraps to your animals
- Collect grease and toss it in the garbage instead of washing it down the drain
- Use natural cleaners that are safe for septic systems such as vinegar and baking soda
Whether you have a garbage disposal or not, remember you still need professional pumping service if you have a septic tank. The garbage disposal may increase the frequency of how often you need pumping, but let an educated technician evaluate your system and household habits to determine the right maintenance plan for you. You might also ask a septic professional about installing a filter. This can be placed on the outlet line of your septic tank to block larger solids like food and garbage. That way, if someone accidentally puts a hazardous item down the drain, it will be caught before flowing into the leach field. To learn more, Contact Wind River Environmental or Request Service Now.
What Can You Do to Prevent Floor Drain Backups?
Floor drains are so handy when it’s time to clean, and I often wish I had one in my home so I could just sweep everything down the hole. Sounds like a great idea, right? Well, it is until all that trash clogs up the underground pipes, and wastewater gushes back onto the floor. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple and floor drains require similar care as any other drains in your home or business. No one wants to walk on a wet floor all day, so here are some things you can do to prevent floor drain backups.
Take Preventative Action
Depending on your business, the floor drain may be a simple hole in the floor, or it could have some kind of grate to keep bigger objects from going down the pipe. Either way, Wind River recommends adding a screen to the drain. Cheap and easy to find, a wire mesh screen will help keep trash and materials like mop strings from washing down and clogging the pipes. For best results, you’ll want to clean the screen often. You should also avoid dumping grease, thick or sugary liquids, and any kind of food down the drain. These items will congeal and form clogs further down the pipe.
Our Preventative Maintenance Services Will Floor You
Like other drains, floor drains are vulnerable to clogs and backups. We can help you avoid problems with preventative maintenance solutions designed for floor drains. We can install additional screens and filters and administer enzyme distributors to break down grease and sugar residue before it becomes a problem. Your regular wastewater servicing goes a long way to prevent major problems as well. Procedures like water jetting, pumping the tank, and cleaning the grease traps can all stop clog buildup in other parts of your plumbing which in turn, prevents wastewater from coming up the floor drain. Our licensed technicians at Wind River know your business isn’t exactly like everyone else’s, so we develop a plan to determine what your system needs to function at its best. For more information on how to prevent floor drain backups or to schedule an appointment for a customized maintenance plan, Contact Us.